Translated to English by Peter Zegras
"Every cyclist who entered in this race has to tell his own personal story that marked his sporting life at least " were the words of Nick Vafeiadi two days after termination.
The initial excitement of the explosive start given by the famous mountain roads Nick Kalofyri and frenetic pace that gave airy Periklis Ilias succeeded pain, exhaustion, overachieved last big uphill after Flabourari and jubilation of finishing in Vovousa .
The appearance of Elijah does not fit reviews . Rhythm, comfort and at each station the kindness that characterizes him . Even the trial bike in some pieces did not caught .
Tough and playing throughout the course of the race , George Danton .
Most bland and stoic Theodore Petrides . Three minutes divorced John Garlic by fighter " so crazy" Christos Mylonas . Fixed Anestis Kourbetis which had rubber and accepted the help of Santa Krommyda gentleman who like the triathlon was the "silent force" bypassing 51chrono (!!!) John Dittopoulos a constant value in time and the unfortunate Peter Tyrologos after 100th kilometer in the worst downhill path .
Peter Tyrologos proved to have limitless not only physically but mostly mentally stocks riding over 60km with the broken rear center continually worse !
Decent recurrence of Costas Symelidi occupied even the 18th place with 7:24:59 .
We must also stand the two 17 year old Nick Themelis (7:43:52) which is remarkable swimmer and very good athlete athletics ( therefore tends to 3athlo ) and Stavros Koutsothana (8:00:10) , who managed to convince Chronis Drougias to participate , since the race was for over 18 years.
Vassilis Krommidas described the marking «autobahn» and all were excited refueling stations (every 10-12 km were water , electrolytes , honey , nuts, fruit) .
With race pace race cyclists started the first asphalt uphill 2km with Periklis Ilias gives a fast pace for the majority of those who followed .
In the 7th km of the original group , was now broken with the 3 winners ahead with Hasapidou and Garlic and shortly after Petrides Kourbetis , Mylonas Tyrologos .
After Vovousa frenetic pace gave the impression of a smaller race distance. Getting the first 3 stood by difference from the rest before the station "form" sto30 km with the Risen Kourbetis follow and further behind the Petrides Iordanides Miller .
Followed by faster downhill of the race until the station " Faucet Laista ." Beyond Ilias Periklis a solo race and Panagiotis Skilodimos creates difference by George Danton . Further back are Anestis Kourbetis , Theodore Petrides Iordanides and Miller .
Cyclists get hold of the bike in the " Rema Koukouroutzo " a lunar landscape with landslides, creating the recent downpours .
The next station " Tsuka Fountain " at the 48th kilometer, the series was as follows: Periklis Ilias (2:17) , Panagiotis Skilodimos (2:24) George Danton (2:27) Alexander Iordanides (2:36) Theodore Petrides (2:37) and Chris Miller (2:37) John Skordas (2:40) Krommidas Claus ( 2:41 ) John Dittopoulos (2:44) and Peter Tyrologos (2:44) .
With ups and downs and overall upward trend , bike to the station " Saint Macrina ." This is the part with the most good pavement, the classification remains the same , while in the intermediate raging battle between Alexander and Theodore Petrides Iordanidi .
Until Doliani (main station with technical support) the path from the forest road of sustainability trakterodromo , used by loggers to haul logs. The vegetation in the area is lush and labyrinthine path to the 3rd km of the Aga Macrina is the " psychovgaltis " of 400m slope that begins gradually and reaches 15 to 27%.
Following up the Doliani follow mainly downhill , with passages from streams and dense vegetation. Technical piece expect cyclists to enter the village from unstable stones and old downhill path . At the station in the village square was given the impression that it was a celebration and not a supply station .
1200 meters uphill asphalt follow after Doliani and after 3km very fast downhill to the bridge over the river and Varda monastery of Voutsas ( built by Constantine / only the Pogonatos ) . This is the lowest point on the route with about 700m altitude. From there cyclists should arrive within about 20km in altitude 1600m , the highest point of the route.
Difficult uphill first five kilometers of forest road after the river followed by gentle 4km downhill until Flabourari .
In Flabourari things not changed much in the order of the first to grasp the same.
After Flabourari starts uphill that were pivotal to the match. This is the hardest part of the game now accumulated fatigue.
Peter Tyrologos heroically despite its technical problem lasts throughout the climb , Alexander Iordanides but begins to decline from 5th position reaches 12th Station "icon" while Anestis Kourbetis up in 7th place which will last until the end of race.
Starting the descent of the imaging technique causes damage Christos Mylonas delay and John Skordas passes in 5th place that will keep until the end.
Nearing the 100th kilometer Vassilis Krommidas his final assault on the most difficult downhill before Position " Lakos Pappas ' passing Petros Tyrologos , John Dittopoulos the first helpless to react because the bike. The ranking did not change until the end. Perhaps this is the toughest MTB race that took place in our country.